What we do

UNOSAT uses specialized skills to perform satellite analysis, design integrated solutions in GIS and geopositioning, develop the capacity of agencies and recipient counties via training and technical support. UNOSAT work is entirely based on a professional commitment to producing concrete, tangible and usable results in every activity we undertake.

UNOSAT is designed to produce concrete output for identified users and beneficiaries by turning technology into concrete and usable applications for UN agencies, member states, and communities in a variety of areas. UNOSAT addresses three main homogeneous user systems:

Humanitarian Affairs and Relief Coordination

  • Crisis & Situational Mapping   
  • Damage and Impact Assessment  

Human Security     

  • Monitoring     
  • Safety and Security     
  • Human Rights     

Territorial Planning and Monitoring

  • Capacity Development & Technical Assistance
  • In-country Project Development & Implementation

Created in 2003, UNOSAT humanitarian rapid mapping service is today fully developed and has been activated over 200 times in relief and coordination operations in the aftermath of disasters, complex emergencies and conflict crises. This work involves very rapid acquisition and processing of satellite imagery to generate geographic information and analytical reports in addition to GIS layers in support of UN emergency relief agencies. UNOSAT remains engaged beyond the emergency phase by supporting early recovery and reconstructions activities. A technology-based partnership with the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the World Bank provides standard operational procedures for vast damage assessment exercises using remote sensing and geospatial analysis.

UNOSAT uses satellite derived geoinformation for human security in all areas in which monitoring, GIS, and remote sensing can offer a strategic advantage, from monitoring piracy activities to illustrating and documenting human rights cases in the context of complex emergencies.

A growing number of national and international development projects receive support from UNOSAT for strategic territorial planning and advanced GIS applications. The expertise accumulated in the field by our technical team combined with urban planning and knowledge generation skills allow us to provide a technological edge to local capacity development and in-country technical assistance. UNOSAT experience extends to developing capacity locally and helping communities retain this capacity by designing integrated training programmes and including specific modules in training and education curricula up to post-university Master level.






UNOSAT Humanitarian

Rapid Mapping Service 2012

UNOSAT Rapid Mapping Brief 2012



UNOSAT Flyer 2013

UNOSAT  Flyer 2012


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